Ormsby-gore, 2 Aides to Plead for Partition at Geneva July 30

ASSURED THAT THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS WILL QUICKLY TAKE THE FIRST STEPS WITH REGARD TO THE PROPOSED PARTITION OF PALESTINE, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TODAY HURRIED THE PLAN TOWARD FRUITION.

PLEAS FOR DELAY AND REPORTS OF TROUBLE IN PALESTINE WERE SHUNTED ASIDE BY COLONIAL SECRETARY WILLIAM G.A. ORMSBY-GORE, WHO ANNOUNCED TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS LAST NIGHT THAT HE WOULD PERSONALLY APPEAR BEFORE THE MANDATES COMMISSION TO ARGUE FOR PARTITION. MR. ORMSBY-GORE ALSO PARTIALLY CONFIRMED RUMORS OF A SHAKE-UP IN THE PALESTINE ADMINISTRATION PERSONNEL.

HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT BRITAIN INTENDS TO KEEP PRESSING PARTITION SPEEDILY THROUGH ALL THE FORMALITIES NECESSARY FOR LEAGUE APPROVAL, WHEN HE TOLD COMMONS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ANXIOUS TO HAVE THE MANDATES COMMISSION REPORT TO THE LEAGUE COUNCIL AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT.

WHAT BRITAIN WANTS, MR. ORMSBY-GORE SAID, IS A REPORT BY THE COMMISSION IN TIME FOR THE SEPTEMBER MEETING OF THE COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE PRELIMINARY STEPS TOWARD PARTITION, BY SUCH AS THE MARKING OUT OF THE EXACT BOUNDARIES OF THE PROPOSED ARAB AND JEWISH STATES BY A BOUNDARIES COMMISSION.

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY ANNOUNCED HE WOULD BE ACCOMPANIED TO THE MANDATES COMMISSION MEETING BY JOHN HATHORN-HALL, FORMER SECRETARY OF THE PALESTINE GOVERNMENT, AND J.M.MARTIN, SECRETARY OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON PALESTINE.

WITH REGARD TO CHANGES IN THE PALESTINE ADMINISTRATION’S PERSONNEL, MR. ORMSBY-GORE SAID THE QUESTION WAS BEING “CLOSELY WATCHED” AND THAT CERTAIN CHANGES HAD ALREADY BEEN AUTHORIZED.

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